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Patches of hair loss are due to an autoimmune condition called alopecia areata. The condition can affect any area of the body but most commonly affects the scalp. There are several classifications of the condition that describe the amount of hair loss, from diffuse alopecia areata (thinning hair) to alopecia areata totalis (loss of all hair on the scalp).
Alopecia areata is the second most common hair loss condition behind, female pattern baldness and male pattern baldness. Anyone can be affected by it, but you are at greater risk if you have a family history of the condition or if you or any of your family have an autoimmune disorder, such as diabetes, lupus or thyroid disease. While the condition doesn’t typically harm physical health, it can cause psychological and emotional stress.